Special thanks to Cernig and Jameske for covering the news whilst I was away riding the rollercoaster of life. Now it’s time for the Haunted House ride — TDG is a carnival, and we news presenters are the Carnies!
- Scientists believe they have located the source of the Earth’s “hum”, as reported last week on TDG.
- Mount St. Helen’s is about to blow, as Level 3 Volcano Alert is issued.
- Teacher of anthropology and palaeontology has been collecting strange bones from Mexico’s largest lake for decades — and has found evidence that could rewrite the history of early humans in the Americas.
- China’s Peking Man’s skull goes on display. Check out the cost of insurance!
- Archaeologists discover 2’500-year-old pomegranates. Someone better tell Persephone not to eat those ones!
- The best preserved horse ornament ever found in Croatia, dating from the 1st Century AD. I shouldn’t laugh, but I wish Australia had a Minister for Culture named Bozo — our politicians are clowns (I wish I could vote for Bono this Saturday).
- Ancient breweries almost as old as civilisation itself. What came first, beer or humans? When I was a kid, I asked my dad where I came from and he said he found me at the bottom of his beer glass.
- Brawl erupts between Franciscan monks and Greek Orthodox priests at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Sharehousing is always a tricky thing — I guess someone didn’t label their food properly.
- Unfortunately there wasn’t a brawl at the International Congress of Egyptologists (ICE). That’s because anyone they disagreed with wasn’t invited.
- Salem City wants to reinvent its image and be rid of its notoriety for witches. Any displaced witches who suddenly find themselves homeless are welcome to stay at my house.
- Faith healer Abu Yussuf can see jinn, and will help you get rid of them. I might hire him, there’s some jinn playing havoc with my bank account.
- Exeter, England, has more ghosts than people. No, the English just don’t get a lot of sun.
- Ex-Star Wars laser optics technician (the George Lucas films that is) says he can produce water from thin air. Famous last words: “I don’t think you can deplete the atmosphere.”
- Are UFOs living creatures?
- Get your diaries, the “UFOs: The Hidden History” is set for October 12th at the Texas State University-San Marcos campus.
- A website detailing the history of Canadian Crop Circles, eh.
- Humanoid figure in beam of light photographed in Canada. Great pic.
- UFO witnessed in India by a scientist. Did you get that, Skeptics? He’s a scientist.
- The SETI Institute’s Seth Shostak asks if we’re the Galaxy’s youngest residents? I wouldn’t say we’re children compared to other civilisations in the universe — kids are far more mature than human adults, if you ask me. My mission in life — to be a mature child, rather than a childish adult.
- NASA tracks three space bursts (also known as supernovas). Damn, they haven’t burst yet, but the stellar explosions are imminent. Sounds like Mount St. Helens.
- International Space Station solves its garbage problem by throwing it all into space.
- Following up on teledildonics, Wired’s Gina Lynn asks whether technology brings us together, or drives us apart.
- The potential benefits of psychedelic drugs for medicinal purposes.
- Warning: one coffee a day can make you a caffeine addict. That’s why I drink two or more.
- Catholic school students complain about Fruity sweet wrappers showing cartoon fruit in sexually provocative poses.
Thanks Steve, Bill and Jameske. Oh, and Greg. 😉
Quote of the Day:
Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice; it makes a farce of our idea of equality. It mocks our pieties, it doubts our concern, it questions our commitment. Because there’s no way we can look at Africa – a continent bursting into flames – and, if we’re honest, conclude that it would ever be allowed to happen anywhere else. Anywhere else. Certainly not here. In Europe. Or America. Or Australia, or Canada. There’s just no chance.
Bono at the UK Labour Party Conference